Free Generative Writing Workshops are proud to present our lineup for 2018. Following the workshops, we will be digitizing the prompts and select responses, so please do check back and see what we all create together. 


January 21 2018

Tameka Cage Conley, PhD is a literary artist who writes fiction, poetry, plays and essays. She received a doctoral degree in English in 2006 from Louisiana State University, where she was a recipient of the Huel Perkins Doctoral Fellowship. Her dissertation, Painful Discourses, was awarded the annual Lewis Simpson Distinguished Dissertation Award. She has received writing fellowships from the Cave Canem Poetry Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Squaw Valley Writers Conference and Workshops. In October 2013, she received the Eben Demarest Trust grant, awarded annually to an artist or archaeologist. Past recipients of the Demarest include painter James Pollock (1945) and choreographer Kyle Abraham (2012). She held a Truman Capote fellowship in Fiction at the Iowa Writers Workshop from 2016-17 and is currently a Graduate Fellow in the program. A Gathering of Sons, the opera for which she wrote the libretto, commissioned by Pittsburgh Festival Opera, recently had its world premiere and was met with acclaim.

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February 16 2018

Lyz Lenz has published essays and journalism in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Washington Post, The Guardian, ESPN, Marie Claire, Mashable, Salon, and more. She her book on religion and the Midwest is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. Her book Belabored: Tales of Myth, Medicine, and Motherhood is forthcoming from Norton. She also has an essay in the forthcoming anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay. She has an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University and is the managing editor at The Rumpus.

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March 18 2018

Kathleen Maris Paltrineri attended high school in Iowa and Seoul, studied at the University of Oslo, and taught English as Second Language in Madrid. She has a dual B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and International Studies from Iowa State University, and an MFA in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire. Her poems have appeared in Painted Bride QuarterlyILKAlice Blue ReviewThrush Poetry Journal and elsewhere; she was also a poetry editor at Barnstorm. Before joining the International Writing Program she taught ESL at the University of New Hampshire.

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April 15 2018

Inara Verzemnieks is the author of the memoir Among the Living and the Dead, published by W.W. Norton. A Pushcart Prize winner and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, as well as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing, she previously worked as a newspaper journalist for thirteen years. Her essays and journalism have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, The Atlantic, The Iowa Review, and Creative Nonfiction.  She is an assistant professor with the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. 

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may 20 2018

Daniel Khalastchi is the author of two books of poetry, Manoleria (Tupelo Press, 2011) and Tradition (McSweeney’s, 2015). A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he currently directs the Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing at the University of Iowa.

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July 15 2018

Derek Nnuro is a Ghanaian-American fiction writer based in Iowa City.  He is a graduate of the fiction program at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a recipient of the Meta Rosenberg Memorial Fellowship and a Teaching Writing Fellowship.  He was awarded the Robert J. Schulze Fellowship in 2016.  He is working on an untitled novel set in Ghana, West Africa; Houston, Texas; and Alexandria, Virginia, and teaches novel writing at the University of Iowa

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